I cooked a piece of smoked pork into the soup and thus left out the bacon from the top. Also, I did not use cheese, and instead of sour cream I used cooking cream. Blended only half of it, so it had some texture. Everyone loved the soup in the family!
Creamy, Light Potato Soup
Because cauliflower has two-thirds fewer calories per ounce than the starchy potato, swapping some in is both wise and tasty.
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Total: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes
- Calories: 223
- Fat: 6.7g
- Saturated fat: 2.7g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
- Protein: 12.7g
- Carbohydrate: 29.7g
- Fiber: 3.5g
- Cholesterol: 15mg
- Iron: 1.8mg
- Sodium: 478mg
- Calcium: 185mg
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 pound cubed peeled baking potato (about 2)
- 1 pound cubed Yukon gold potato (about 4)
- 5 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pound cauliflower, cut into florets (about 1/2 head)
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- Cooking spray
- 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
- 3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
- 1/2 cup fat-free fromage blanc (such as Vermont Creamery) or sour cream
- 2 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 1/2 cup)
- 4 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1. Preheat oven to 450°.
- 2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, thyme, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes, stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf.
- 3. While potatoes simmer, combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, cauliflower, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; toss to coat. Roast at 450° for 30 minutes or until browned, turning once.
- 4. Place cauliflower mixture and milk in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour cauliflower mixture into a large bowl. Add half of potato mixture to blender; pulse 5 to 6 times or until coarsely chopped. Pour into bowl with cauliflower mixture. Repeat with remaining potato mixture. Place cauliflower-potato mixture in Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 cup green onions, and fromage blanc; stir until fromage blanc melts. Ladle soup into 8 bowls. Top evenly with remaining green onions, cheese, and bacon.
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